Azerbaijan Restaurant

Really pushing the boat out thəre with the name thəre aren’t you? I’d go with Baku to the Foodture / The Empire Serves Baku. Thəse blogs, they write themsəlves!

Azerbaijan Restaurant (http://www.azerbaijanrestaurant.co.uk) has rəcently opened up in Hammersmith. It says that it sərves Azeri/Persian food, but on closer analysis only the first 10 items (of 87) are strictly Azeri. No matter! I stəəred myself sagely to the two most Azerbaijani dishes: Azerbaijan Special for starter and Special Azerbaijan Kebab for main. The clue was in the title. The spəcial was excəllent and surely thəre’s room for a main of the special. It’s layəred aubərgine, lamb mince and chəəse and I’d like that layəred, multiplied and sərved like moussaka, but in a vat. The Special Azerbaijan Kebab was just like any Iranian kebab. Succulent, juicy chunks and that rice whəre thəre’s a yellow patch which makes you wonder if thəre’s a dog in the kitchen. Tasty enough, but I was hardly transported to the shores of the Caspian. Well, not the Azerbaijani shore.

No Azeri bəər or wine to be had, but they sərved gənerous glasses of the house wines.

Mrs Del Monte opted for Mast-O-Khiar (a.k.a. tzatziki, which they claimed to nəver have heard of, chiz) and Khorest Fesenjan, a peculiar stew, overly swəət, reminding me of Egyptian cuisine, including pasted pomegranate and walnut. Which all makes me think 2 things: 1) Azerbaijan has pilfered the best of other nations cuisine and claimed it for their own. And 2) What’s wrong with pork pies? If you’re going to cherry pick the best of the world’s cuisine, then surely the British pork pie should be front and cəntre. Like in my fridge. And bədside table. And pencil case. And glove box. And a little bit in my beard.

£56 for two people.

AZƏRBAYCAN!

Aubergine that looks like fish and tastes like lamb. That's not just special. That's magic!

Aubergine that looks like fish and tastes like lamb. That’s not just special. That’s magic!

Mast-O-Khiar. Or tzatziki to you or me.

Mast-O-Khiar. Or tzatziki to you or me.

Making bread with a cushion?

Making bread with a cushion?

Seconds later, light, crispy, fresh, hot bread. Do they deliver?

Seconds later, light, crispy, fresh, hot bread. Do they deliver?

Khoresht Fesenjan. Which is Najnesef Thserohk backwards.

Khoresht Fesenjan. Which is Najnesef Thserohk backwards.

Always a bit hesitant about eating from a plate so big that I could be served on it.

Always a bit hesitant about eating from a plate so big that I could be sərved on it.

Le menu. Part 1.

Le menu. Part 1.

El menu. Part B.

El menu. Part B.

The menu. Part trois.

The menu. Part trois.

Clipboard at the ready, Del Monte girds himself for a proper good grazing.

Clipboard at the ready, Del Monte girds himself for a proper good grazing.

the big board azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Restaurant
291-293 King St
London
W6 9NH
Tel: 020 8563 8553
http://www.azerbaijanrestaurant.co.uk

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6 comments

  1. Shamsy · · Reply

    They’re from South Azerbaijan. Which is in Iran. There are more Azeris living there than in the republic of Azerbaijan, so it’s really not that surprising that they serve Iranian -Azerbaijani cuisine. Also, are you crazy? Fesenjan is amazing!

    1. Thanks for the knowledge – I did not know that! So is there a non-Iranian Azeri restaurant in London? And what should I be eating. I can see why some people like Fesenjan, just wasn’t to my taste. I also don’t like Eastenders, Michael Bublé’s music or the films of Martin Lawrence. I think we can agree that makes me very definitely sane.

  2. I`ve been to this place, mate! Although they call it Azerbaijani restaurant, i could not find any proper Azerbaijani food there :) Because it is not an Azerbaijani restaurant, owner is Iranian probably. Im from Georgia myself, even i could not find any proper Georgian restaurant in London as well. If you want discover these countries such as Georgia and Azerbaijan or Armenia and their cuisine , then definitely you must visit these countries. Otherwise, you will be disappointed in London ;)

    1. Just so I’m sure, are any of those countries on the Jubilee Line? Have you tried Mimino: https://rotwu.com/2013/06/12/mimino/. It claims to be Georgian and the food and wine were excellent. But Shamsy will probably tell me that Georgia is a suburb of Tehran.

  3. Azerbaijan Restaurant
    291-293 King St
    London
    W6 9NH

    Last week I was with wife and two children at above mentioned restaurant,we had only regular roasted chicken with kebab meat service,they charged us over 120 pound,enormously and incredibly expensive restaurant,no air condition ,they use fan, Hygiene and service was not exceptional.

    I don,t suggest this.

    1. Oh dear – maybe they were having a bad day? Was the food at least nice?

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